Horror Genre Conventions<br />D.I.S.T.I.N.C.T<br />DON’T. IGNORE. SETTINGS. TECHNICAL CODES. ICONOGRAPHY. NARRATIVE STRUCT...
Don’t IGNORE…<br />Settings<br />Graveyards<br />Churches<br />Hospitals<br />Basements/Attics/Lofts<br />Isolated Communi...
Technical Codes<br />Adam Nelson<br />Don’t IGNORE…<br />High/Low Camera Angles (Effect – Power)<br />Jump Cuts (Effect - ...
Iconography<br />Adam Nelson<br />Don’t IGNORE…<br />Low-Key Lighting (High-Key to emphasise shadows)<br />Weapons (Guns, ...
Narrative Structure<br />Adam Nelson<br />Don’t IGNORE…<br />Standard Structure – (Equilibrium-Disruption-Attempt to Repai...
Character Types<br />Adam Nelson<br />Don’t IGNORE…<br />Hero (Often a Victim)<br />Villain (Or Evil Force)<br />Children<...
Themes<br />Adam Nelson<br />Don’t IGNORE…<br />Good v Evil<br />Death<br />Hate<br />Suicide<br />Depression<br />Religio...
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Horror Film Genre Conventions

  1. 1. Horror Genre Conventions<br />D.I.S.T.I.N.C.T<br />DON’T. IGNORE. SETTINGS. TECHNICAL CODES. ICONOGRAPHY. NARRATIVE STRUCTURE. CHARACTER TYPES. THEMES.<br />Adam Nelson<br />
  2. 2. Don’t IGNORE…<br />Settings<br />Graveyards<br />Churches<br />Hospitals<br />Basements/Attics/Lofts<br />Isolated Communities<br />Adam Nelson<br />
  3. 3. Technical Codes<br />Adam Nelson<br />Don’t IGNORE…<br />High/Low Camera Angles (Effect – Power)<br />Jump Cuts (Effect - Quickening of Time) <br />Ambient Sounds – Diegetic (Realism)<br />Monster Sounds etc – Non Diegetic (Effect – To Scare)<br />
  4. 4. Iconography<br />Adam Nelson<br />Don’t IGNORE…<br />Low-Key Lighting (High-Key to emphasise shadows)<br />Weapons (Guns, Knives)<br />Blood<br />Religious Symbols <br />Dark Coloured Clothing/Costumes<br />Dark Colour in General (Black & Red)<br />
  5. 5. Narrative Structure<br />Adam Nelson<br />Don’t IGNORE…<br />Standard Structure – (Equilibrium-Disruption-Attempt to Repair-Equilibrium)<br />Beginning Middle End<br />
  6. 6. Character Types<br />Adam Nelson<br />Don’t IGNORE…<br />Hero (Often a Victim)<br />Villain (Or Evil Force)<br />Children<br />Monsters/Ghosts etc<br />
  7. 7. Themes<br />Adam Nelson<br />Don’t IGNORE…<br />Good v Evil<br />Death<br />Hate<br />Suicide<br />Depression<br />Religion<br />
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